To finding a rainbow
In a room full of shadows
Kevina-Jo Smith is an artist and environmentalist creating installation, mixed media and public intervention works that investigate the dynamics of landscape. She explores the connection between the environment and the current cultural climate as a form of resistance.
Based in the Blue Mountains, part of Kevina's practice is to collect and reuse consumer by-product materials from which her work emerges. Each piece is intricate, delicate and time consuming to create, often made by hand. Her process is a tribute to the natural world and a ritual against destruction. Her continued interest in shelter and protection of people, nature and environment, is expressed throughout all of her work.
In 2019 she collaborated with the local community of Hadong-Gun, Jirisan National Park, South Korea to produce a 27 x 12m woven tapestry, made entirely from waste materials collected from a local fishing village and local residents textile waste. ‘Shield’ has been installed permanently on the exterior of the Jirisan Art Museum.
In 2017 Kevina spent two months in an Indigenous community located in Armilla, Guna Yala Region, Panama on an environmental artist residency. Here she created work using materials (rubbish) collected from the beach, as well as creating 2 short films. This body of work resulted in a large-scale installation exhibited at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre in 2018.
Kevina’s practice is an act of endurance. Her desire to acknowledge, record and come to terms with the waste by-products of daily life provides both muse and material.